Elizabeth Summers Bequest
In 2010 a charitable bequest of $30,000 was given by Elizabeth Summers to the Iowa-Grant School District in honor of her two older, twin sisters – Josephine and Genevieve Kalile – who both attended the Platteville Normal School and became rural school teachers.
Upon receiving this monetary gift, the Iowa-Grant School Board decided that a portion of the money would be used annually to reward the top 10% of the 5th grade class with a certificate and monetary award, as determined by their performance on standardized tests and on the recommendation of their teachers.
Elizabeth Summers (1918-2008) was born in Fennimore to a farming family. Her parents, John and Rose Kilile, had emigrated from the country of Lebanon. Elizabeth met her husband, Norbert Summers, in LaCrosse. She worked as a secretary/receptionist at a business in LaCrosse for thirty-four years.
When Elizabeth died, her Trust made gifts totaling over $1.1 million. In addition to the Iowa-Grant bequest, the Summers Trust made gifts to a number of other public schools plus, among others, the Boscobel Health Care Foundation, Fennimore Community Scholarship Foundation, Great Rivers United Way, UW-Platteville Foundation and Caritas Lebanon Catholic Charity.
2017 Elizabeth Summers Award Winners
Front Row (left to right): Recipients Rylee Stecklein, Madisen Crow, Landon Wetzel, Sophie Volenec, Adriana Jelle, Kaden Lindner, & Conner Dowell.
Second Row (left to right): Kyle Reimenapp (IG 5th grade teacher), Paulette DiVall (IGEF Advisory Board Chair), Jessica Sigg (IG 5th grade teacher).
2016 Elizabeth Summers Award Winners
L to R - Hope Connolly, Griffin Albaugh, Kenadie Munson, Elizabeth Volenec, Caitlyn Wetter and Ivy Lindner.